"Hardball" host Chris Matthews, who lives in Maryland, said in a televised appearance this week that he voted for Republican Senate candidate Michael Steele in 2006 in part because he's black.
He made the comments during a discussion of Democratic N.J. Mayor Cory Booker's candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
The noted liberal's exact words, Real Clear Politics reported: "The good think going for Cory Booker ... is that we don't have any African Americans in the United States Senate, which I think is a disgrace. You know, it's one of the reasons I voted for my friend Michael Steele when he ran because I think we ought to have some. It's absurd in this country. It's absurd."
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